HK reports record virus cases

Local | 16 Jul 2020 4:59 pm

The Centre for Health Protection has reported a single-day record of 67 new coronavirus cases in Hong Kong as at 4:00pm today, bringing the tally to 1,656, which includes one probable case.

The number of new cases today surpassed the previous record of 65 recorded on March 27.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said four cases are imported and the rest are local cases.

Among the 63 local cases, 28 are linked with previous cases, which include the Good Hope School, Windsor Restaurant in Tsz Wan Shan and Queen Elizabeth Hospital ward clusters.

Source of infection for 35 other local cases are unknown. The patients include a company and part-time taxi driver, a cashier at a supermarket in Tsz Wan Shan, a QE Hospital worker who lives in Tsz Wan Shan and another worker who works at the hospital's control room, and three members of a family.

The imported cases arrived from India, Philippines and Indonesia.

The Hospital Authority said a total of 1,254 patients have recovered so far after 13 more were discharged in the past 24 hours. The death toll climbed to 10 after two patients, a 90-year-old woman and 89-year-old man, died on the same day yesterday for the first time.

Dr Lau Ka-hin, Chief Manager of Quality and Standards, said among the 319 confirmed patients staying in 13 public hospitals, six are critical, 10 are serious and the rest are stable.

The occupancy rate of negative pressure beds and wards are 64 percent and 73 percent, respectively.

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